Up to 70 per cent of bottled water in the Kenyan market could be fake.
Kenya is among nine countries in the world where leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles, exposing consumers to cancer and autism.
A survey was conducted by the Star whereby the barcodes on 10 brands were scanned – Only 3 were genuine!
Most barcodes on the bottled water sampled belong to DHL, an international forwarding firm.
Another survey conducted by the Kenya Revenue Authority in April 2016 showed about 60 per cent of the water and juices in the market are illicit, a revelation that should worry the public, which falls prey to catchy brand names and tag lines on bottles that promise safest water.
These findings come days after the Kenya Bureau of Standards warned hotels and event organisers serving customers uncertified bottled water and two years after it cancelled the licences of 368 companies for failing to meet quality standards.
Currently, consumers can only detect fake bottled water by scanning barcodes or sending brand names to 20023, information not known to most consumers who unknowingly quench their thirst on substandard water now retailing at as low as Sh20 for 500ml.